Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers

Q: I'm not sure what I want to major in at OSU. Where can I go to get advice?
A: University Exploration (EXP) is an academic program designed specifically to help undecided students explore majors and minors at Ohio State before making a commitment to a specific academic direction. If you are selecting a major for the first time, visit their website and make an appointment with an advisor. If you are searching options for a new major, EXP has an important checklist at the Redeciding page.

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Q: Can I do a thesis if I am not an honors student?
A: Yes. As a result of a new OSU policy, any student in good standing can do a thesis. Go to the Undergraduate Research Office website for more details.

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Q: Is the conversion to semesters going to slow me down in getting my degree?
A: According to the Pledge to Students, they should find that the shift from quarters to semesters does not disrupt progress toward their degrees if they 1) decide on their major and degree within a time compatible with four-year graduation; 2) meet the standards for progress defined by their academic unit and continue to complete appropriate course loads successfully; and 3) actively develop and follow academic plans in consultation with their academic advisors.

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Q: Where can I get help with study skills?
A: The Walter E. Dennis Learning Center in the Younkin Success Center provides academic learning services and support for students, and strategies for college success in general. Topics covered at the Center include: study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, learning from text, note-taking, and self-regulation strategies. A map showing the location of the Younkin Center can be found here.

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Q: Where can I get help with test anxiety?
A: The Walter E. Dennis Learning Center in the Younkin Success Center provides academic learning services and support for students, and strategies for college success in general. A checklist for handling test anxiety can be found here. A map showing the location of the Younkin Center can be found here.

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Q: What does it mean to graduate with honors or distinction?
A: In recognition of distinguished academic achievement and high standards of academic integrity, Ohio State awards degrees to undergraduate students with Latin Honors, which is based on the cumulative GPA on the transcript at the time of graduation. These Honors include: the designation “summa cum laude” may be granted only for those students who have achieved at least a 3.90 cumulative point-hour ratio; the designation “magna cum laude” may be granted only for those students who have achieved at least a 3.70 cumulative point-hour ratio;. the designation “cum laude” may be granted only for those students who have achieved at least a 3.50 cumulative point-hour ratio. Additionally, certain colleges (for example Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences) have set certain criteria for graduation with Honors designation in those colleges. You are advised to contact your college office for specific criteria. A student can graduate "with distinction in [special subject]" and with "research distinction in [special subject] or with "honors research distinction in [special subject]" if certain criteria are met, such as the completion of an undergraduate thesis.

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Q: How do I qualify for the Dean's list?
A: The criteria for being placed on the Dean's List varies by college. It is usually based on the GPA for that specific term and the number of credit hours taken (for example, the College of Humanities rule states: Students selected for the Dean's List must complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a 3.50 or higher..." You are advised to contact the college office related to your major.

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Q: What are my Dual Enrollment options at Ohio State?
A: You can find out more about dual enrollment programs at https://academy-ccp.osu.edu/

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Q: I have had some problems that have affected my school work.  The deadline to drop classes has passed and I don't know what to do.

A: Often, the best place to start is with your academic advisor.  He or she can discuss your options with you and guide you regarding procedures, forms and deadlines.  Also, if you are having some challenges that call for extra support, the Student Advocacy Center at http://studentlife.osu.edu/advocacy/  might be a helpful resource for you.

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Q:  I've heard a lot about plagiarism and academic misconduct, but I'm not sure what they are.  How can I find out?

A:  You can learn about academic integrity on the UE web page.  Also, the Committee on Academic Misconduct has guidelines on its web pages.  If you have a question about a specific situation or instance (prior to turning in an assignment or taking a test), you should discuss it with your instructor to make sure that you follow the University's Code of Conduct and fulfill the course guidelines.

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Q:  I am really stressed out about things and I don't know where to turn.  Who can talk with me?

A: The Counseling and Consultation Service at http://ccs.osu.edu/  provides counseling / consultation services to students who are currently enrolled at the University.  They offer counseling to address a variety of concerns that can impact your life.

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Q:  I don't agree with my instructor's grading.  What should I do?

A:  You should discuss your concerns with your instructor.   If you are not sure about how to address this with your instructor, the Student Advocacy Center may guide you. Ultimately, resolving grading concerns is left to the department of the particular course.

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